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Published on May 3, 2018 | by Alastair Gilmour

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Latin America in a glass

Globe-trotter Nick Snaith sent us a brief report from Mexico and Guatemala on the beers he uncovered on a recent trip.

He says: “Dorado Ice (5.0% abv) from Guatemala’s Centro Americana brewery is a very nice cold filtered beer. Cervecería Centro Americana Sociedad Anónima, to give it its proper name, is based in Guatemala City and was founded in 1886 by Mariano Castillo Córdova and his brother, Rafael Castillo Córdova. Gallo Pale Lager (5.0% abv) is the brewery’s best seller and Guatemala’s oldest continually produced beer, dating back to 1896. It is also the most famous beer in the country, and has become part of Guatemalan popular culture.

“Dos Equis XX Special Lager (4.2% abv) from Moctezuma, one of Mexico’s largest brewers, is also very palatable and, even better, comes in bottles of 1.2 litres, usually around 42 pesos – £1.75. Indio, also brewed by Moctezuma (4.1% abv), is dark and sweet but not really to my taste.”

Nick says he didn’t bother with Sol or Corona as they’re widely available in the UK.


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